Student wearing a backpack looking at a phone on college campusWhether or not to go to graduate school is an important decision. It is a big investment in both time and money. You will also have less flexibility to switch programs as a graduate student than you do to switch majors as an undergraduate. It is very common to take a few years off between undergraduate and graduate school programs to decide what will be a good fit for you. Check out the range of​ Graduate Programs CU Boulder has to offer!

If you decide to go to graduate school, don’t do it just because you don’t know what else to do. Reflect on your interests, goals, dreams, and capabilities. Evaluate your strengths, talents, competencies, and weaknesses.

Consider the following questions:

  • Why do I want to go to graduate school?
  • Is graduate school necessary for the career I want to have?
  • What are my career goals? Will graduate school benefit me in achieving my career goals?
  • What will I study? What are my interests? 
  • What graduate program is best? How competitive is the graduate program?
  • Am I up for the challenge? What will motivate me for another two to seven years of school?
  • What are my academic and personal qualities to ensure success?